Friday, 17 June 2016

Feathers & Flutters...

Cor blimey and thrice!   I can't believe how quickly this year is whizzing past, June already!!   Which means it is time for me to show you my offering for this month's Creative Carte Blance blog theme of "Winged Things".   Now, it is no secret that I usually managed to bung a butterfly somewhere on my creations and I positively squealed with delight when I saw what Susan had picked for the theme this month!  Hurrah!  Any old excuse eh?   To see all the details on how to join CLICK HERE and you will be transported immediately on the back of a giant bumblebee to the Creative Carte Blanche blog.



I decided to try and bung as many winged things as possible onto my canvas... starting with birds.  I used the most delightful Birds of Paradise papers from ScrapBerry's as a base and being as I'd cut up a lot of them, I used the offcuts, layered them up and created a blocky collage.  Each piece of paper was edged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink to create a bit of a border on them so the layers stand out a bit.  The second bit of the winged theme is beeswax.  Well, it comes from bees... and they have wings :O)   A liberal slap of wax melted in my Melt Pot, all over the papers, adding extra depth in places for a more rustic effect and just set it aside to dry... no re-melting with a heat tool as this will make the wax soak through the paper and spoil the effect.



I made some paper roses using Tim's Tattered Florals die (wish I had a quid for every rose I've made... it must be in the thousands now, I am addicted lol)  These were then dipped into the melted wax in the Melt Pot and set aside to cool off.  The wax soaks into the papers a bit so it gives a slightly darker effect to the roses.  I did the same with Tim's Tattered Leaves, crinkling them up before dipping so they keep a bit of shape.  Tim's new Doily die?  You seen it? You got it? I LOVE it!!!  I have them both *greedy* and used just half of one of the cuts to dip through the wax... a waxy doily, how cool!


Of course, I needed a sentiment, so I stamped one of Tim's new wordy stamps, quickly painted beeswax over the top and then popped 3d foam onto the back of it.... the reason for the 3d foam is simples... you need to use hot glue to fasten anything to beeswax surfaces... hot glue would re-melt the wax on the stamped words making them look a bit ugly... the foam prevents re-meltage when the hot glue is applied and also lifts the little word block up and away from the surface of the canvas, making it stand out more.   I stamped a Darkroom Door butterfly, dipped that through the wax too and then popped him onto the canvas too.  A few more embellies to finish and there you go... lots of wings and things!



I shall away now... I am busy with the Ink Buds this weekend... and I also have news of more TV shows so watch this space for times and dates etc.   Thanks for looking, have a grand weekend!  TTFN

Hels x

15 comments:

Annie said...

Stunning papers so beautifully pieced together Hels x your flowers are amazing and I regularly check out your tutorial when making my tattered florals x great sentiment and fabulous butterfly

TFS and best wishes
Annie x

Helen said...

absolutely gorgeous! Hope you had a great birthday earlier this week.

Redanne said...

The theme could not have been better for you Hels. Love, love, love this - beautiful papers, gorgeous flowers and the wonderful butterfly - all so very you! Hugs, Anne xx

Joanne said...

Such a happy canvas, I love my birdies and definitely love yours xxx

peggy gatto said...

Beautiful canvas, so much to see , just so carefully made!

Brenda Brown said...

I'm so happy I am using my blog reader more these days as I know I have been missing out on loads of lovely stuff but when this gorgeous pink creation popped up I just had to be transported over and so glad I came. This is utterly divine Hels, beautiful, beautiful papers and one of your magical designs, love it. Have a great weekend xxx

Jane Castle said...

Stunning canvas Hels, Susan must of been thinking of you when she chose the theme! X

Candy C said...

Hels, this is just a gorgeous canvas. I so love your colors and your collaging of so many things that go together so perfectly. I have always adored your flowers and they are perfect on this piece. LOVE THIS!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

LOVE this canvas, you Pinkleart girl, you! Love the collage, the layering, the beeswax, the tutorial, the composition and balance, start to finish, I love it!

Craftychris said...

This is absolutely awesome! xxx

Helen said...

This is gorgeous - such a lot of details all working together!

Annette Green said...

Hels, this may possibly be my absolute favorite of your beautiful works! I love the paper selection and how your collaged it in the "blocky" way you did. So colorful, so beautiful, and the added beeswax was the perfect touch. I adore this!!!

Sparrow said...
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Sparrow said...

Well you might not have posted for a while - but this is a great comeback canvas. Great way to use up the leftovers from your last lot of TV appearances.

Sara Barker said...

I'm so happy to see your work again! This mosaic project is a real stunner! Love the papers, and your collage is beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs!

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